Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Weekend Part 3- Dreamgirls in Korea and MLM toting a glock

I went to Lotte World on Sunday. I have footage but I will upload it later. I went ice skating. I went to the shooting range and got to shoot a gun a glock for the first time. lol (check that out)

The Charlotte Theater is close by and I got to see "Dreamgirls" in Korean. I was happy to know I knew where the story was going. They staged my favorite song well. My favorite song/ performance from the show is "Stepping to the bad side". I really wish that I would have seen the original play to see what the differences may be. The way they staged the whole show was cool. They had a wall that was broken into parts hanging from the ceiling that they could turn and raise. This wall served as a back drop during singing performances and they turned to make half of the stage appear as the backstage while a performer would move to the other side and still look like they were performing. (you understand?) The clothing changes were great. The actors were talented. The woman playing Effie could blow but I think she held back. I think they needed to raise the volume or that they needed a little more soul. The show lacked a little umph but it was good. How ambitious is that though re-doing Dreamgirls in Korea and in Korean? There was even a big audience. It's inspiring.

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Weekend part 2/3- Shooting my 2nd short

Had some actors cancel on my. Reworked the script put myself in the film. Came to a conclusion that I will re-cast and postpone shooting but I will get it done in a timely fashion.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

"The Reader" Review and The Weekend part 1/3

Friday, I went to may favorite Korean mushroom restaurant. The food was good as usual. Afterwards, my co-workers and I went to the movie theater. I swear I went looking for this movie theater one day but couldn't find it. It inside of the building that I was standing across the street from. lol I was so excited the movie theater has popcorn, caramel corn, dried squid, trolli's (the sour gummi worms my favorite not chocolate candy), nachos, churros, waffles (korean snack like leggo waffles but belgian waffles), soda, etc....

"The Reader" is about a now fully grown man remembering a brief love affair he had as a youth with an older woman. During this affair the young man reads to the woman because she prefers to be read to. They part ways and later they meet again in unlikely circumstances b/c the woman is on trail for being a guard at a concentration camp.

Once, I got pass the beginning of the film it wasn't half bad. I mean it was a little like "Love in the time of Cholera" but still in all I was entertained. I can see why she won the award b/c it was a different role for her. I must say it was hard to think she was the same woman from "Titanic".

On to what I didn't like about the movie...

Why am I annoyed? Nobody told me that Kate Winslet is naked in a good percent of the movie. On top of that nobody told me there were several sex scenes in the movie.
(oh how the prude in me was bothered. Not only was she naked it was like they tried everything to show me that she was naked or to show me her nipples. Does this mean she won the award for being naked? Maybe just maybe? Without the sex and nudity I think it could have been a better film.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Today, on my way to work I ran into the janitor of my building. I think he may be a little special. He has been speaking to me in Korean and I pretend to know what he is saying. Sometimes he grabs both of my hands and does what seems to be a prayer. The students saw this one day and asked "Teacher why hold hands like that?" "Who is he?" Anyways, this morning he was all excited to see me and asked did I live on that floor.(in Korean) I was like yeah. Then in English he asked "Room number" then I must have giving him one of my many faces b/c he was like "Oh, no, no" and I said "No" then the elevator came and I waved bye to him. I was thinking awh no you are not coming knocking Korean on my door no no no no. Then I thought of that Fresh Prince episode when Will came back from Philly in that prisoner outfit with the busted hairdo and he met that judge. The judge was like "Call me Whitey" and Will said "Awh no I'ma call you that and you're gonna call me the other thing then we're gonna be up in here fighting" lol.

My friend/co-worker wants to go see "The Reader" today. I didn't say no b/c I wanted to do something with her so I don't mind seeing it I don't think it will be awful. Will give you my review.

Two Korean Movies and Free Screening Tomorrow

two Korean movies I want to see because of the trailers:

Private Eye, Free English Screening Launch, Fri. 27 March, Myeongdong


The Launch of the Seoul Metropolitan Government's English Subtitled Korean Movies Series will be held on Friday 27 March at 7:30 at CINUS Myeongdong with the screening of 'Private Eye' ((그림자 살인).
Note: Attendance for member of the foreign community by invitation only for the 27 March event.

Korea4Expats is offering a number of invitations on a first-come-first-served basis. If you wish to attend the opening event, please contact us at events@korea4expats.com. Please include your name and telephone numbers. Someone from the organisers will contact you on Wednesday or Thursday to confirm your attendance. Deadline Thursday morning (if there are seats remaining).

Date: Friday 27 March
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: CINUS Myeongdong (see directions below)
Movie: Private Eye (그림자 살인).
Synopsis: Seoul, 1910. HONG Jin-ho, who will become Joseon’s first detective, travels around solving trivial family disputes for pocket money. However, he is determined to go to America someday and is saving up for passage. Then one night, Gwang-soo, a medical physician in training, discovers a corpse in the woods and secretly takes it to practice his dissections on. But the corpse turns out to be the son of Seoul’s most powerful man. While planning to flee in the middle of the night and afraid of murder accusations, Gwang-soo meets Jin-ho, the private detective, and asks him to find the killer. When another corpse turns up in the woods, murdered in the same way as the first victim, Jin-ho and Gwang-soo use a piece of cloth they find in the victim’s hand as the lead they need to bring them one step closer to the real culprit.

Regular screenings are apparently scheduled to begin on 23 March at CINUS theatres in Myeongdong and Gangnam. (K4E has not yet received many details, but will post them in the Movies Listings as soon as we do.)

Getting There: CINUS Myeondong (씨너스명동)
Subway: Line 4 Myeongdong Station, Exit 7,8
Website for CINUS: www.cinus.co.kr (Korean onlly)

Websites for Movie:
http://www.detective2009.co.kr/ (Korean only)
http://blog.naver.com/office_hong (Korean only)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

"The Obama Deception"

This is a documentary downplaying Obama from what I've read. If you watch it we can discuss. I like Obama but for no real reasons yet. Should be an interesting doc.

p.s. how did they get a video this long on youtube?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009

Medicine for Melancholy

Does anyone know how I can watch it?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

"Dominick and Eugene" review

Synop from imdb:
Dominick and Eugene are twins, but Dominick is a little bit slow due do an accident in his youth. They live together, with Dominick working as garbage man to put Eugene through medical school. Their relationship becomes strained when Eugene must decide between his devotion to his brother, or his need to go away to complete his training. Things are also not helped by Dominick's co-worker, or Eugene's budding romance. Written by Murray Chapman {muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au}

This is a cute film that reminds me of a film that came out the same year "Rain Man". I really kinda like Ray Liotta. The last film I saw him in was "Wild Hogs," which I found to be a very cute and humorous film. This a good story of brotherly love. It also touches on the issue of child abuse. I love when a film takes a serious issue and makes a good story around it instead of always giving it to us fact by fact. Basically, I like not having to watch a documentary all the time to have issues addressed through cinema. A recent film that did this was "The Visitor".


Indy Writer/Director Jonathan Salemi contacted me telling me about his new movie.
Here is the synop:
A notorious teller of tall-tales discovers a light switch in his new house that he believes controls the sex-drive of his virgin girlfriend. He must now prove he's telling the truth without losing his long-term girlfriend in the process.'

Here is the website:

When I get a chance to see it, I will do a review.

Can MLM get a hug?

I've been looking at cameras you know to really get this career going. I would have to spend two paychecks on a camera. Ba hum bug. I have to be tight from now on out to make sure I accomplish what I came out here for.

don't wanna bore you, don't wanna bore, oh but I love you, oh but I love you baby

Stay tuned...


Sorry for the layout changes but I am trying to find one I like.

Friday, March 20, 2009

My students

The students make me laugh. This week we made them draw pictures relating to English proverbs. In the lower grade we made them write letters and e-mails. We had a few of them read their letters out loud. I had a hard time keeping a straight face. The artwork was funny and most of them were pretty good. The writing and speaking class was the tough one. It is so cute when they read loudly. HELLO MY NAME IS....
Walking down the hallways I hear hello, hi, and I love you all day long. It is amusing.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

"YES MAN" review

I realize I have been slacking on my reviews. I watched "Yes Man" a week or so ago.

This film seemed to follow the standard how to write a script in 30 days or so guidelines. There were a few good jokes. I think with a small town setting and less humor the film could have been better. I mean if you are at the video store and you are trying to pick out one more dvd b/c you have to rent three (lol like me) then it may be worth picking up as your comedy choice. This pic is from my favorite scene. (now the song is stuck in my head) Lastly, there is some Korean in the movie b/c Jim's character takes lessons. (crazy)

Now, moving on to how I feel about Jim Carrey. I just don't think he is very funny. I mean don't get me wrong he has made me laugh many times but not enough for me to be a fan of his style. The Ace Venturas, The Mask, Cable Guy, all of those make me gag. I didn't even like him when they added him to In Living Color. I liked one sketch the guy in the background doing crazy stuff during the news. Yet, "Once Bitten" is a very funny film and I just swear he was a funny guy before he went all over board with the humor. His serious roles in "The Truman Show" and "The Majestic" are great. Those are two films I enjoy watching every time they come on. Hey but I guess enough people think he is funny. So now you know why my opinion of the film is what it is.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009


So, this weekend I started working on my next short film. I had a good one day shoot. I have two more days of shooting which should take place in the next few weeks. Speaking of that I need two more actors. (Craigslist time)

Sunday, I got my hair done. It was so painful(to see my hair in the comb) I waited too long to take out my braids and my hair was so damaged. After these twists it's back to twisting my own hair. I can officially say I have tried a good percent of black hairstyles now. I am still looking for that Korean hair factory. I hung out in a new town Hongdae. It was like nothing but teachers. I swear I was like where am I again. I had some taco bell from the military base. Yum. I have internet at home now so maybe I can start my radio show again. Just have to deal with the time difference. I need a cellphone. I am trying so hard to not have one but it is really hard to be productive and meet people. Luckily some people just come through which is great. I am finally getting into the flow of things. My schedule is still not exactly set but I think it will get there. Well, I'm having fun staying busy.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Is it an insult?

If a filmmaker is discussing their new project is it an insult to ask them if they are planning to put their film on youtube instead of submitting it to a festival?


Thursday, March 12, 2009


This is how I feel right now. This was my jam. Man 112 I loved them so much. They were so manly that's what Day 26 is lacking to me they seem so young.

Homesick Bluesing it up lol

PERK UP TO THE SUNNYSIDE OF TOWN. Man do I miss the sun or some gumbo. lol

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Was wondering what happened next

So, I saw that video of the police beating the teenager in the jail cell. Found a follow-up video but still wondering what will be next..

More here: http://newsone.blackplanet.com/nation/seattle-police-beat-15-year-old-girl/


Making moves and movies in Korea

Today, I am wearing my film krewe New Orleans shirt. It is time to get it popping.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009


You know I always disliked Tyra Banks during her acting career. I found this on yahoo

GIRL IN THE HOOD Tyra dated "Boyz N the Hood" director John Singleton for three years in the '90s. In fact, her first film role was in one of Singleton's movies, "Higher Learning," starring opposite Omar Epps. Singleton assured Tyra that she got the part for her acting chops, not through any favoritism for his supermodel girlfriend. Ya, sure. We believe you.

Well, now it makes sense lol. I like her now though as the Talk Show and Reality show host.

p.s. is this picture fake why does she look like that.


Monday, March 09, 2009

Copying and pasting


Inside Urban Hollywood with Tanya Kersey

Hosted and produced by veteran entertainment journalist, commentator, author and film festival director Tanya Kersey, "Inside Urban Hollywood" airs live every Monday night at 6pm PST/9pm EST. This entertainment industry internet radio talk show features engaging, informative, compelling and up close and personal conversations with a wide range of Hollywood movers and shakers. The show is an interactive discussion that gives YOU, the audience, an inside look at Hollywood and the topics shaping the entertainment landscape. Listeners are welcome to call-in to ask questions at (646) 200-3290. Previous guests on "Inside Urban Hollywood" include talent manager/producer E. Brian Dobbins (Principato-Young Entertainment); Shelby Stone, Senior Vice President of Development and Production at Foxx-King Productions; Robyn Lattaker-Johnson, President, duBose Entertainment; producer/manager Lita Richardson; film financier/investor Steven Belser; distribution executives Brett Dismuke (One Village Entertainment), Angela Northington (Codeblack Entertainment) and Melvin Butters (Barnholtz Entertaiment), film financing consultant/author Louise Levison; film producer Effie T. Brown ("Real Women Have Curves"); distribution strategist Brian Dobbins (Principato-Young Entertainment); entertainment attorney Mychal Wilson; writer/director/producer Don B. Welch; film financier Kevin Kinsey, film distribution guru Stacey Parks; casting directors Twinkie Byrd and Pamela Station; filmmaker Dwayne Johnson-Cochran; Doreen Hamilton, head of the Cosby Program; Scilla Andreen, CEO of IndieFlix; and festival programmer Jacqueline Blaylock.

Upcoming Episodes

Director Jeff Byrd on "Inside Urban Hollywood"

Tanya Kersey

Date / Time: 3/10/2009 10:00 AM

Category: Entertainment

Call-in Number: (646) 200-3290

Director/producer/screenwriter Jeff Byrd will discuss the art, craft and business of the director on the Monday, March 9th edition of "Inside Urban Hollywood" with host, Tanya Kersey at 6pm PST/9pm EST. The discussion with focus on the development of the film from script to screen including storyboarding, location scouting, casting, collaboration with producers, cinematography, budget, and scheduling. Jeff has directed well over one hundred plus music videos, countless commercials, episodic television as well as feature films such as "Jasper, Texas" and "King's Ransom." This multi talented craftsman has also directed 12 episodes of the critically acclaimed television series "Soul Food." He currently has several projects in development.

Friday, March 06, 2009


I still miss Siskel.

(everytime someone mentions Amadeus I think of this)


Thursday, March 05, 2009

My vote for the Richard Pryor biopic

David Alan Grier. I think this is one actor who a transition from comedian to more serious roles would be worth watching. I want to do a good review of the man but I don't feel has had enough good roles for me to comment on. I will say that the Chocolate News is funny. Boomerang, the Woodsman, In Living Color, Jumanji, these are some favs featuring him. Didn't he have a tv show?

Rumor has it Eddie Murphy has the role of Richard Pryor. Did you know that Michael Epps was the original choice? I'm not a fan of Epps but can he act? I stated on the Obenson report that I think Eddie would be better playing Paul Mooney in the movie. That is if they don't use Paul Mooney. If Eddie is chosen I think he will do a great job but it will be hard to watch someone you already really know play Mr. Pryor.


Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Blood on the Wall$ and Barry Michael Cooper review

So I went to the Invisible Cinema page and followed this link
http://bloodonthewallz.blogspot.com/ Then I watched the film. (blow by blow)

this is the summary from imdb written by the man himself:
"Blood On The Wall$" is a whodunit and a character study, with the look of a Cassavetes-like independent film. It is the story of Cooper Michaels, a once super-successful television producer, who smokes up his career in a crack-fueled downward spiral. Leaving Hollywood and returning to his adopted hometown of Baltimore, the former investigative journalist stumbles upon the story of Swiss Williams, a young painter on the rise in the art world. The day before his highly anticipated New York gallery debut, Swiss Williams -who has dubbed himself the "Jay-Z" of painters- kills the influential and mysterious art dealer/gallery owner, Kwame Pierre Addo, and then turns the gun on himself. As Cooper Michaels investigates his feature story for Baltimore Magazine-which he also hopes to option as a screenplay for his Hollywood comeback-Cooper not only begins to piece together the curious life of Swiss Williams, but he is also forced to come to terms with his own fractured portrait, as both a writer and a father. Written by Barry Michael Cooper

Mine would have been something like a: a writer trying to complete an article faces his own demons and deals with how people never let you forget what you have done wrong even when you have done something amazing.

I just finished it like a few minutes ago. This is a very stylistic film. I had to go to imdb to realize it wasn't a documentary at first.(lol) I watched it as webisodes and so I lost some of the feel of the film. Part 9 is missing but you don't miss anything. The music is good. This made me want to ask the question is it ok to make a viewer read the screen? Like is this still a technique that people can appreciate? In my short I did a version like a silent film but my mother watched it and felt it was too wordy. I watched the trailer for "Good day to be black and sexy" and I was like why do I have to read your trailer. The captions in this BMC film were needed since a lot of the film was told in still shots, flashbacks, and short scenes. I would recommend this film. What is Michael Wright doing these days?
Since I told BMC I would review this film I want to make sure I touch on everything lol. The whole idea is cool like for a writer searching for answers directed by a writer. I love the dialogue b/c it was like real convos for the most part. So, what can you take from this as an artist? When it starts becoming about the money it all falls down........................................ however the chase of the dollar that makes your pockets full can change your life for the better. (but does your art suffer)

On to BMC
His resume: Above the Rim, Sugar Hill, and New Jack City, etc
I used to have the New Jack City soundtrack on tape. To tell you the truth I have watched all of these films but I only remember Above the Rim and it is vaguely.
What I do remember is this time in Black film when all these movies about blacks in different scenarios were being put out. Actually black films were everywhere. This was the last peak in black cinema before the Morris Chesnutt and Taye Diggs in every movie phase came in. Many many contributions from those who seemed to have disappeared but I know and you know they are still around. What happened? Do we have to face these same problems as aspiring filmmakers? Why is it that we can barely start jumping let alone jumping over walls?


Things that annoy me about films

1) Opening credits in movies with music playing as shots of the city are shown. The ones that are 3-5 minutes long. Let the movie play.

2) When the music is super loud for no story guiding purpose.

3) When the acting is bad. (duh)

4) When the ending credits roll so fast my eyes cross.

5) Seeing the same actor in the same role different movie.

6) Sex! Save it for the pornos. I do like black love scenes like in "Belly" and "Set it off" but that's b/c Blair Underwood and Dmx yea nuff said.

7) Kids in movies that cause the world to end or cause the main character to get shot. (Not cute)

8) Films with racial slurs that aren't about racism. Unless, it is an old film. I just feel like they are saying let's be real that's how they talk. Ok so why do I want to watch a movie about a bunch of racists? Yea I can look pass that and enjoy a film for what it is good characters and story but I don't want there are more films to watch.

9) Random silence

10) etc...


Tuesday, March 03, 2009

"CHINATOWN" review

I finally watched "Chinatown" after hearing Spike tell AFi it's one of his favs

"Chinatown" is a classic film starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. It is about Jack's character who works as a private investigator for people concerned about their spouses fidelity. While working a case he stumbles across a murder and is now out to figure out who done it and why.

This film is full of great scenes, shots, and acting. It is a good film. This is one film I think a remake of would be fun to watch.


My fav. snack while in Korea

First day of school

My school had a big ceremony for the first day. It featured a dance performance, music, and singing. Here is a clip:



Monday, March 02, 2009

5 random things about KJ/ 5 random things about Korea

1) I'm special!
2) I have a hard time with button-up shirts and sweaters.
3) I have big feet. I wear a size 8 1/2-9 1/2 and I am 5'1.
4) I don't shower everyday during the Winter. (other seasons too lol)
5) I don't like wearing socks.

1) Everyday is sample day at the grocery store.
2) Baskin Robbins let's you pick 3 flavors for your pint. They put dry ice in your bag so you can make it home without it melting.
3) Black day comes in April. It is the Valentine's day for singles.
4) Kimchi is not a main dish
5) When you take out your garbage you separate food waste from all your other waste.